Hyundai to Host Public Hydrogen Fueling Station in Calif.

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded Hydrogen Frontier Inc. a $3 million grant to build a new hydrogen fueling station for fuel cell electric vehicles at Hyundai's hydrogen energy generation and fueling station in Chino, Calif. Once completed, the facility will be open for public use.

The fueling station, situated at a testing facility for Hyundai America Technical Center Inc., will be located at the site of an existing hydrogen station originally constructed in 2005 to support Hyundai's fuel cell vehicle fleet.

In addition to the $3 million rebuilding project funded by the CEC grant, $1.7 million funded by partners Hydrogen Frontier Inc., Powertech and ITM Power will go toward modernizing the facility.

Hyundai says the station will be able to produce at least 100 kg of hydrogen per day, enough to dispense approximately 6,000 to 9,000 vehicle fill-ups with hydrogen annually. System pressures of 350 Bar and 700 Bar will allow fueling of all fuel cell vehicles, including fast refueling.

The project is slated for completion in October 2014. In California today, Hyundai says there are eight public hydrogen fueling stations, and 17 more are in development.

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